Sandra wins Survivor Pearl Islands, beating Lill with a jury vote of 6 to 1.

Sandra wins Survivor Pearl Islands, beating Lill with a jury vote of 6 to 1.
Sandra Diaz-Twine won Survivor Pearl Islands, earning six of the jury’s seven votes and thus easily defeating Lillian Morris. No one ever voted against Sandra, a 29-year-old office assistant and mother, and that streak continued as Lill chose to take Sandra to the final two instead of Jon “Insert lame-ass alter ego name here” Dalton. But Lill faced a barrage of questions about her integrity and her Scout uniform from a fashion-conscious jury (flack she is also getting from others), and answered most of them in a way consistent with maggots having eaten what little coherence she had left. During the reunion, Jeff asked what the jury vote would have been if Lill had picked Jon; four of the jury members said they would have voted for Lill. Still, on The Early Show, Lill said she wouldn’t have changed her decision, because Jon is such a jerk. Sandra wins $1 million, a GMC® ENVOY® XUV™ SUV, and the right to kick Jon in the mouth. Oh, wait, that was just in my dreams.
+ also: bid on Pearl Islands items, including sweaty buffs and final votes; proceeds go to charity.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.